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Franklin Gun Shop Inc
(706) 543-7803
3941 Atlanta Highway
Bogart, GA
 
Ayer, Laurence P
603881567
33 Ferry Rd
Nashua, NH
 
Raymonds Gun Repair
(706) 647-9391
2155 Barnesville Highway
Thomaston, GA
 
Stephen'S Archery
478934968
206 Rebie Rd
Cochran, GA
 
Empire General Store
478934873
6176 Cochran Hwy
Cochran, GA
 
Lynch, Christopher
603594984
500 Main Dunstable Road
Nashua, NH
 
Bonanza Gun & Pawn
(770) 586-5626
54 North Broad Street
Winder, GA
 
Boone, Joseph A
478946213
114 Asbell St
Irwinton, GA
 
Thompsons Guns & Refinishing
912529414
Rt 2 Box 110A
Soperton, GA
 
Parks, Walter Thomas
478862340
68 Laurel St
Butler, GA
 

Smith & Wesson 99OL

The latest offspring from the S&W-Walther alliance is a flawless performer, but it begs the question, "Just what is a DAO?"

The Smith & Wesson Model 990L is the latest variation of the Model SW99. Changes include a unique trigger mechanism and the elimination of the somewhat controversial decocker button on the top of the slide. Despite appearances to the contrary, the 990L isn't just another polymer-framed semiauto, and working with it led to an exercise in defining the characteristics and key elements of a modern double-action-only (DAO) pistol.

The Smith & Wesson Model 990L is a solid design and from indications experienced during our testing is an accurate and reliable semiauto pistol that will serve both law enforcement and civilian markets quite well.

Is it time for a new and different classification for such semiautos? For years we have classified semiautomatic pistols with terms originally used for revolvers. Single-action revolvers are simple machines to operate and understand. The shooter is required to cock the hammer prior to pulling the trigger and releasing the hammer, which is powered by the energy stored in the mainspring. That is pretty straightforward.

The traditional double-action revolver has always offered the option of single-action shooting by means of manually cocking the hammer before the trigger is pulled to fire a single round. Double-action shooting was originally called "trigger cocking" by the B...

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